The new Houston flights will be operated via Ethiopian West African Hub in Lomé, Togo, and will facilitate the travel of the large African community in the Houston area as well as the oil and gas industry and other companies doing business in the region.
According to the schedule on the airline’s website, flights to Houston are expected to depart Addis Ababa on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 21:30. . After a stop in Lome the aircraft will arrive in Houston at 8:40 the next day.
Those leaving Houston for Addis Ababa via Lomë in Togo will depart on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 11:00 and arrive in Addis Ababa the next day at 14:30.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States and is home to the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions.
NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which houses the Mission Control Center is also located in Houston.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said that the The U.S. was among the airline’s most important markets owing to the presence of a large African community and growing investment, trade and tourism relations with Africa.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam revealed that the airlines new route structure is aimed at responding to the market demand and availing the best possible connectivity between the USA and over 60 African destinations.
The group’s CEO also noted that the additional route to Houston was in line with their Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of expanding the airline’s U.S. and African network.